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2016

Investing in Rental Real Estate: 3 Important Factors to Include When Calculating Overall Cost

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More and more Americans are shifting to renting rather than purchasing their home due to increasing costs of real estate. In fact, around 41% of Americans rented their home in 2014, and it appears that more and more households are choosing this route. With these numbers in mind, now might be a great time to invest in and purchase real estate; however, not all properties are going to lead to large profits. Read More»

House-Hunting With Children: Four Helpful Ideas

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Looking for the perfect home for you and your children can be a challenge, but there are a few strategies you can use to ensure the process goes smoothly. Here are a few ideas you can use as you look for properties for sale. Look For Potential Childproofing Problems Some homes may simply not be right for your children. For example, a home with a balcony on the second floor may pose a hazard for small toddlers who like to climb, and a home without a fenced-in backyard can make it more difficult for your kids to play outside unsupervised. Read More»

The Most Creative Ways To Win A Bidding War—That Actually Work

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It’s no secret that the housing market is very hot right now. There are plenty of buyers but not as much inventory for sale in most major cities. You will most likely encounter a bidding war at some point during your house search, and more than likely, more than one. These are some of the most creative ways to win a bidding war that actually works. Write a Personal Letter Read More»

Why Condos Are The Best Choice

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Choosing a home to live in can be a tough decision to make, especially if you’re trying to decide between an individual home, condo, or townhome. However, the choice may be easier for you than people from other generations. Read on to learn why condos are the perfect choice for first-time homeowners. Location Unlike houses, which can be in urban food deserts or way off in the countryside, condos tend to be developed right in the middle of the city. Read More»

4 Benefits Of Renting An Apartment

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Being able to find the best place to live that fits in your budget is sure to be high on your list of things to do. You have some choices, but you may find that it’s much more cost-effective to rent a place to live versus buying it. Renting will allow you a number of options that you may not have otherwise and knowing some of the many benefits of renting may be the motivation you need. Read More»

First-Time Homebuyer? 5 Ways To Know If A Condo Is Right For You

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For many young, first-time homebuyers, a condo is the entryway to the world of home ownership. And in many ways, it’s a great way to transition from renting to buying real estate. But it does come with a few things you need to know before putting your money on the table. Here are five questions to answer for yourself before you buy.  Do You Have Enough Savings? Owning a home – even a smaller condo with less overall maintenance than a single-family home – will come with unexpected expenses. Read More»